Civic Engagement

If I Could Change theWorld Spoken Word Performances 2014

If I Could Change the World Spoken Word Performances - 2014 Flyer

Kick Off Performance - April 5, 2014, 4:00- 6:00pm at The Writers Place!!

Join us

If you are a high school-aged youth come to:

  • Speak out and share your hopes for our community and world, or

  • Come and hear other area youth's visions for change;

Youth Groups Rising in Southern WV

Dan Heyman of WV Public News Service reports on AFSC's youth leadership program in southern WV, interviewing Program Director Lida Shepherd and program participant in Mingo County, Daisha Brewer.

West Virginia youth tells real story about polluted water

A week after Christina spoke at a press conference at the State Capitol about the struggles she's faced growing up in poverty in Boone County, why she believes that it's important to speak up about abuse and injustice so people know that they are not alone, and how she looks forward to graduating and attending college, a massive chemical spill in Charleston meant Christina and 300,000 other West Virginians could not use their tap water, and forced Christina's school to close for over a week.

AFSC Civic Engagement Project - an invitation

Flyer inviting high school-age youth and school groups to participate in AFSC's Youth Civic Engagement projects in Kansas City.

Groups can learn about U.S. budget priorities and tax policies and create films for the If I Had A Trillion Dollars youth film festival; explore their ideas about how to improve our community and world and create spoken word poetry to perform wiht the "If I Could Change the World" spoken word project; participate in trainings about social change, nonviolent action and activism; and more... 

AFSC Youth Civic Engagement: Invitation

Kansas City Area School and Youth Groups are Invited to take advantage of powerful opportunity for youth develolpment and leadership

AFSC's Youth Civic Engagement work in Kansas City had a great year and we are looking for groups to collaborate with for programs for 2013-2014. We anticipate that after this year's excellent experiences we will have many more requests from groups wishing to participate next year, so contact us soon.

Blog: Putting peace to work in St. Louis

By Joshua Saleem, AFSC St. Louis Peace Education Program Director

When a 14-year-old walks into the classroom and immediately after seeing you says, “Not you again,” you can’t help but ask yourself the question, “Is this working?”

Kansas City interns engage youth in work for peace and justice

AFSC interns Pearl Webb, Isabella Fassi and Joshua Smith describe their civic engagement work with youth in Kansas City.

Engaging heads, hearts and hands in St. Louis

Joshua Saleem, AFSC Peacebuilding Director in St. Louis, talks about his work in schools to reduce violence and engage young people in building up their community.

Interview with Joshua Saleem June 2012

Joshua Saleem

AFSC staff Joshua Saleem.

AFSC's Joshua Saleem, center, visits with students involved with AFSC’s Peace Education Program in Los Angeles.

Joshua Saleem began work with AFSC this spring to create a peace education program in St. Louis modeled after similar AFSC work with youth in Los Angeles and elsewhere. In this interview with regional staffer Jon Krieg, Joshua shares what he’s learned, his vision for AFSC’s work in St. Louis, and why he’s involved.

Who we are

AFSC is a Quaker organization devoted to service, development, and peace programs throughout the world. Our work is based on the belief in the worth of every person, and faith in the power of love to overcome violence and injustice. Learn more

Where we work

AFSC has offices around the world. To see a complete list see the Where We Work page.

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